National Health Service Corps Strengthens Primary Care Workforce
Day after day we see the Affordable Care Act making a difference across the nation. Millions more Americans have health insurance today, and the uninsured rate among adults has decreased by 26 percent. With more people enrolled in affordable, quality health coverage, it’s critical to ensure they have access to a strong U.S. health care workforce to provide them with top flight care.
That’s where programs like the National Health Service Corps step in. The Corps strengthens the U.S. primary care workforce by providing loan repayment and scholarships to clinicians in exchange for working in communities that need care the most. Today, Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $283 million in Affordable Care Act funding through the National Health Service Corps Program to continue our investment in increasing access to primary care services for Americans.
This investment means more primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health professionals will be able to provide care to patients in urban, rural and Tribal areas across the country. As a result, more communities will have access to important health screenings, vaccines, oral checkups and mental health care.
Thanks to both the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act, the Corps has more than doubled since 2008. Today, more than 9,200 Corps clinicians provide care to nearly 9.7 million patients at 4,900 health care facilities nationwide. In addition, there are another 1,100 students and residents in training in all 50 states.
Today, we celebrate the National Health Service Corps through Corps Community Day - which honors the work our dedicated health care professionals are doing to build healthy communities and highlights the importance of the U.S. primary care workforce. We also celebrate the thousands of Corps clinicians working where they are needed most, providing care to millions who now have affordable quality coverage, many for the very first time.
For more information on the National Health Service Corps and Corps Community Day, visit www.nhsc.hrsa.gov.
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